With so little time between the 2020 NBA Draft and the start of the season (and fantasy draft season) here’s a quick look at the top NBA rookies for dynasty leagues, from shortly after the draft.
Post updated 11/20/20
- LaMelo Ball – PG – Charlotte Hornets – LaMelo will have the ball in his hands early and often and should put up big numbers (on less than stellar efficiency early in his career). He’ll give you elite rebound and assist numbers for a point guard and should score at a nice clip as well. If you can handle the inefficient shooting numbers that are likely to come early in his career then go ahead and take LaMelo no.1 overall in your dynasty league. There’s a real chance he won’t end up as the best NBA player out of this draft over the course of a full career but he’s got the best chance to put up big numbers early and of course he’ll be an alluring trade chip.
- Anthony Edwards – SG – Minnesota Timberwolves – Edwards will get you buckets. He’ll drain 3’s and throw down a lot of highlight reel dunks. But, like with LaMelo, he probably won’t be very efficient early on (or ever?). Still the scoring output could be worth it, as he’s got the best chance of any player in this draft to lead the league in scoring someday. He’s got all the tools to be a standout defender (although he didn’t always give effort in college) and could surprise to the upside with his steal and blocks numbers.
- James Wiseman – C – Golden State Warriors – Wiseman has elite fantasy upside but you might have to be a little patient with him. He should put up big rebounding and elite shot blocking numbers early in his career and I fully expect his offensive game to come along nicely and round out his fantasy value. He’s a decent FT shooter for a big and should have elite FG%. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up as a top 20 fantasy player a few years down the line.
- Obi Toppin – PF – New York Knicks – Toppin is an offensive juggernaut (or at least he was in college) who should fill it up early in his Knicks career. He’s efficient with his touches, can hit the 3 ball and projects as a relatively high usage player. He might not be the best long term prospect in this draft class but the projected early production gives him some added value. He’s a terrible defender but if he can at least put up some stocks numbers it’ll take his fantasy value to a new level. His rebounding should translate and he attacks the glass on both ends of the floor.
- Deni Avdija – SF – Washington Wizards – Deni is an elite talent who just needs to get more consistent hitting the outside shot in order to be an elite fantasy asset. He’s an uptempo player who’s aggressive at taking the ball into the paint and is a great play-maker for a young forward. His assist numbers should be high for a SF. Deni should be a second scoring option early in his career and has some primary scoring potential. Don’t sleep on this kid.
- Onyeka Okongwu – PF/C – Atlanta Hawks – This might be too low for Onyeka. He’ll be a monster shot blocker and rebounder, should get a good about of steals, he’ll have elite FG% and doesn’t hurt you at the foul line. If you need a PF/C put him high on your draft board.
- Killian Hayes – PG – Detroit Pistons – This one might take a little while to play out and there’s some boom or bust potential with Killian but he goes to a situation in Detroit where he should have the ball in his hands a lot and have a chance to develop. If the 3pt shooting pans out he’ll be a real fantasy asset.
- Cole Anthony – PG – Orlando Magic – Cole fell to no. 15 on draft day but in dynasty rookie drafts he should go higher. He might split time with Fultz but he’ll get plenty of shots and have a high usage rate when he’s on the floor. There might be some empty stats but we’ll take ’em! Now that he’s fully healthy you can expect that he’ll be more efficient than he was during his injury plagued season at UNC.
- Isaac Okoro – SF – Cleveland Cavaliers – Okoro will be a really good NBA player but his fantasy projection is a bit uncertain. He’s not a first or second option scorer and his 3pt shooting is a work in progress. Okoro would be a nice addition to rebuilding/tanking dynasty teams since he might take a few years to return value – but if he hits he’ll be a two way monster with great block and steal numbers, good assists and rebounds and efficient scoring. Patience could be rewarded here.
- Tyrese Haliburton – PG/SG – Sacramento Kings – Hali fills up the stat sheet with efficient production, making the most of his touches and shots. His fit next to Fox is nice and he should get a lot of open shots. He’ll give you good assist and rebounding numbers and gets a lot of steals as well. He’s not the most sexy dynasty pick but should return good value.
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